US Coast Guard receives Super Hercules aircraft in fleet upgrade
KODIAK, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard has received the first of five new multipurpose aircraft that will replace its aging air fleet at an air station in Alaska.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the HC-130J Super Hercules landed at Air Station Kodiak this week to replace one of the five C-130H airplanes in operation at the station. The remaining four planes are expected to be delivered by late next year.
The military aircraft serves multiple functions, including use in search-and-rescue, patrol and law enforcement operations.
The new model, built by Lockheed Martin, costs about $85 million when fully outfitted with features required by the Coast Guard, like sea search radar, infrared sensors, enhanced communications and life rafts, the Coast Guard said.
"This new aircraft, with its increased capabilities, represents the Coast Guard's continued commitment to the state and will greatly improve our ability to respond while providing an additional margin of safety for our crews," Capt. B.E. Dailey said.